Today, September 22, 2020 is National Voter Registration Day, which is a day dedicated to encouraging folks to register to vote! By now I'm sure that you're tired of hearing the political ads on the radio and seeing them on television and online while you're scrolling through the web. Oh, and don't forget those endless text messages from all the different groups asking you to support a specific candidate. I get it. You're tired. We're tired, but you CANNOT allow for your indifference to turn into inaction.
Aside from the fact that I was a political science major at North Carolina State University, I have always and will always be an advocate for one allowing their voice to be heard through the power of the vote. When I first launched this blog, I decided to stick to the "basic" categories of blogging if you will, meaning beauty, health, style, etc. and left off content related to civics. . . and here we are with this post. I decided that I just cannot sit by and not use my voice and educational background to help motivate my audience to make a difference.
The necessity of voting was ingrained in me from a young age, especially as a black child growing up, and being educated on all that was done to stop people who look like me from having their voices heard through voting, and hopefully increasing their chances of being seen and treated as full citizens. Whether or not you've seen the film Selma, we should all be able to agree that the scene where Annie Lee Cooper goes to register to vote, and she is immediately accused of "stirring a fuss" and interrogated on U.S. history in order to be approved to vote, is despicable. Ultimately, her voter registration attempt was denied due to racism.
This world still has a long way to go for equality be real, but one thing that has changed is that you don't have to go through demeaning experiences such as this to register to vote. In most instances, you are able to register to vote through your state's Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV), and many have expanded to online voter registration.
Folks are working hard behind the scenes to revoke access to voting through all kinds voter suppression tactics, because they know the power that lies with the vote. Do not give away your power! Many people protested the inhuman treatment and disregard for black lives this year, and it should and must be followed up with voting to get the right people in elected offices who care about all people, who will create new policies that allow for equitable treatment, resources, and protections. If you get nothing else from this article, it should be that voting is a revolutionary act in itself. Be revolutionary.
Please my friends, make sure that you're registered to vote!
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